The ritual of washing our hands at the beginning of the Seder is not about cleanliness. It’s about purity, a state of being physically, emotionally, and spiritually prepared for an encounter with God, of unadulterated wakefulness to and purposefulness in the moment. We will never know freedom while we are yet unready to embrace it. And we cannot be free people while we wade through the muck of our past or traverse the unknown turbulent waters of our future.
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